Attending the 2013 Feminist Porn Awards (Finally!)
I’d never been to Toronto for Good For Her’s Feminist Porn Awards. I’ve been nominated several times, and even won an award for Honoured Website in 2011 for http://PaddedKINK.com – which I had the lovely April Flores accept on my behalf. This year, I was lucky enough to get to go as a HotMoviesForHer representative, which came with a really nice (though slightly anxiety-causing) set of perks!
The Capitol Event Theatre is an absolutely beautiful location, complete with great architecture throughout reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century theatre. The balcony upstairs was reserved for VIP guests of the Awards, and I think they definitely had a premium view of all of the festivities – from the semi-formally dressed nominees to the antics of the frisky, sexy, show attendees, it was a beautiful, dreamlike space full of revelers of all kinds.
This was the eighth year that the Awards had taken place, and in line with current trends, they named this year’s Awards show “50 Shades of Porn,” which also described the eclectic crowd and the varied topics covered in the nominated films.
Hosts Lex Vaughn (of Queer as Folk and Short Bus fame) and Ryan G Hinds (of Hedwig fame, amongst many other credits) were brilliant and hilarious in their turns both on and off the stage – with Vaughn mostly on stage and Ryan hopping on and off stage to do random interviews with nominees and show-goers alike to the delight of the audience. Live performances gave the viewers a reprive from the Awards show, the highlight of which was a beautiful yet raunchy burlesque number to the tune of Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” by the lovely Coco La Crème (who is also Artistic Director for the Awards).
It was a delight to see films that I had seen the night before at the Public. Provocative. Porn screening, including Because I Want You to Watch and Biodildo. The biggest cheers from the crowd came, though, when Krutch won for Sexiest Short – and most deservedly so. It wasn’t just the sexiest “crip porn” I had ever seen, but probably one of the sexiest short films I’d seen this year, I was definitely one of the loudest of those who cheered for Mia Gimp and Clark Matthews (an interview with them is forthcoming!).
As a rep for HotMoviesForHer, my main obligation was to present the Movie of the Year. As much as I like performing, doing interviews and running seminars and workshops, I always seem to get super nervous when it comes to speaking on a stage to a large group of people. Luckily, my presentation speech was written up for me, and though my hands were shaking, I was able to present the award at the very end of the evening.
The party went well into the night after the Awards was over – staff and volunteers cleared the lower seating area to make room for dancing…but many of us had to be up early the next morning for the Feminist Porn Conference at the University of Toronto, and had to duck out right after the Awards.
The winners of the 2013 Feminist Porn Awards are as follows:
- Biodildo, Christian Slaughter
- Krutch, Clark Matthews
Steamiest Straight Movie
- Friends With Benefits, Paul Thomas
Sexiest Star Feature
Most Sensual Softcore Movie
- The Pleasure Professionals, Justine Mii
Smutty Schoolteacher Award for Sex Education
Golden Beaver Award for Canadian Content
- Because I Want You To Watch, The Madame
Hottest Dyke Film
- Lesbian Curves, Courtney Trouble
- Nan Kinney
2013 Indie Porn Icon
Most Tantalizing Trans Film
- Billy Castro’s Naughty Squirters, Billy Castro
Hottest Kink Movie
- A Taste of Joy, Petra Joy
Steamiest Romantic Movie
Heartthrob Of The Year
Heartthrob Of The Year
Movie Of The Year
- Infidelité/ Infidelity Ovidie
2013 Honoured Websites
2013 Honourable Mentions
- Connections: Real Couples, Joyful Sex, Ms. Naughty
- Amber, Gala Vanting, Frank Ly
- Consent: Society, Lynsey G